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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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Each year, September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage you to educate yourself about this very important day and the history of Survivors of residential schools. Follow these links to learn more.

The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Remembering the Children

In partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, APTN will be holding a special one-hour commemorative gathering at LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa, which will air simultaneously across all APTN channels, at 1 pm Eastern on September 30. The gathering will feature a mixture of personal remembrances from Residential, Day and Boarding school Survivors and their families, artistic performances, teachings about history, and calls for the ongoing protection of Indigenous families. Everyone is welcome to attend.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

About NCTR

The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations.

The NCTR was created as part of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The TRC was charged to listen to Survivors, their families, communities and others affected by the residential school system and educate Canadians about their experiences. The resulting collection of statements, documents and other materials now forms the sacred heart of the NCTR.

The NCTR Archives and Collections is the foundation for ongoing learning and research. Here, Survivors, their families, educators, researchers, and the public can examine the residential school system more deeply with the goal of fostering reconciliation and healing.

NCTR Events

Join us in Ottawa or in Winnipeg on September 30, 2022 to memorialize the children lost to the residential school system and honour Survivors, their families, and their communities. Below you will find a run down of events taking place on unceded Anishinaabe Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Ontario as well as on Treaty One Territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Everyone is encouraged to wear orange in honour of Orange Shirt Day.

All are welcome to join as we grieve, heal, and learn together.

The Survivors’ Flag

The Survivors’ Flag is an expression of remembrance, meant to honour residential school Survivors and all the lives and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada. Each element depicted on the flag was carefully selected by Survivors from across Canada, who were consulted in the flag’s creation.

The Bentwood Box

The Bentwood Box is a lasting tribute to all residential school Survivors. The sacred box and the items in this collection are deeply personal symbols of their experience.

Residential School Timeline

Truth and Reconciliation, Five Years Later APTN InFocus (YouTube video)

The Story of ​Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. This project was the vision of Esketemc (Alkali Lake) Chief Fred Robbins, who is a former student himself.  It brought together former students and their families from the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, Southern Dakelh and St’at’imc  Nations along with the Cariboo Regional District, the Mayors and municipalities, School Districts and civic organizations in the Cariboo Region.

Borrow books about Orange Shirt Day at the CRPL

Honourable Murray Sinclair – Impacts of Residential Schools (YouTube video)

Canadian Residential School History (YouTube video)

The Vision of Kukpi7 Fred Robbins (YouTube video)

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Learn about and reflect on the ongoing legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

Five Ways to Commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


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